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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Seashore Announces Schedule of Public Meetings on ORV Plan

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Date: March 24, 2010

Today Superintendent Mike Murray announced the following public meeting schedule to provide opportunities for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Plan/EIS will guide the management of ORV use at America’s first national seashore for the next 10 to 15 years. Concurrent with the development of the Plan/EIS, the National Park Service (NPS) is also developing an ORV regulation for the Seashore.

The public meetings for the Draft EIS/Plan will be held at five locations as described below. The meetings will follow a hearing-style format, which includes a brief presentation, with time allotted for public comments. Court reporters will record the public comments. Copies of the DEIS will be available at each meeting. 

Ocracoke, North Carolina
Monday, April 26, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Ocracoke School, 1 Schoolhouse Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960
(Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.)

Buxton, North Carolina
Monday, April 26, 2010 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 Hwy. 12, Buxton, NC 27920
(Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.)

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wright Brothers National Memorial First Flight Centennial Pavilion, 1000 Croatan Hwy., M.P. 7 ½, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948  
(Doors open at 5:30 pm for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm)

Raleigh, North Carolina
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
McKimmon Conference & Training Center, (NC State University Campus), 1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27695  
(Doors open at 5:30 pm for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm)

Hampton, Virginia
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1815 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23666
(Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.)

“I greatly appreciate the level of interest in the ORV management issue and encourage the public’s continued involvement as we proceed with development of the ORV management plan.” More information about the ORV management planning is available and posted on the park planning website at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha.

For the latest ORV Planning Newsletter, including information about the ORV planning process, the alternatives considered in the plan, and the meeting times and locations, click here. (Downloads Adobe PDF file)

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.